Film Friday: This Week's Movie News and New Trailers

  • Publish Date: March 1, 2013
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Odds of meatballs: still high

The upcoming sequel to the 2009 animated hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 66 features foods that walk, talk, swim, and have pun-filled names like Tacodiles and Shrimpanzees, thanks to the food-animal hybrids created by Flint Lockwood’s infamous machine. Returning to Swallow Falls are Bill Hader as the voice of Flint, Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, Andy Samberg as Brent, and James Caan as Flint’s father, Tim. New cast members include Kristen Schaal as one of Flint’s new inventions, and Terry Crews, who replaces Mr. T as Officer Earl. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens nationwide on September 27th.

Planes now, Trains next?

Originally planned as a straight-to-video release, Planes will instead get a theatrical release on August 9th. The film is spin-off of Pixar’s Cars 73 and Cars 2 57, but it comes from DisneyToon Studios rather than Pixar, so don’t expect quite the same level of detail and sophistication. The story follows Dusty, a crop duster who wants to compete in a worldwide air race but is, unfortunately, afraid of heights. Dan Cook will provide the voice of Dusty.

One last look at Oblivion

There’s plenty of action in this latest (and possibly last) trailer for Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion. Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough work as a team cleaning up earth and performing drone repair (which he might regret later) after an alien attack 60 years earlier. Their task is interrupted by Olga Kurylenko as the survivor of a crash and Morgan Freeman as the leader of a band of rebels. See it in IMAX beginning April 12, 2013 before it goes wide on April 19th.

Anchorman cast update

With the number of cameos in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, it seems safe to expect its upcoming sequel, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, to also feature a full roster of stars showing up for bit parts. Director Adam McKay basically promised as much. So this week, Bleeding Cool speculated that John C. Reilly, who worked with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay on Step Brothers 51, would make an appearance, and Deadline revealed that Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) would play Ferrell’s boss, and Dylan Baker would also make an appearance. Already confirmed are the original cast plus Kristen Wiig and James Marsden. The legend continues in theaters on December 20th.

A look at Oscar nominee Kon-Tiki

One of five nominees for best foreign language film at last week’s Oscars, Kon-Tiki tells the true story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who set sail on a balsa wood raft in 1947 to prove his theory that the South Sea Islands were settled by ancient South Americans. The film is directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, and finally arrives in American theaters on April 19th.

Simon Killer

Early reviews have been mixed, but Antonio Campos' Simon Killer looks to be, at the very least, an interesting exercise in style. The film follows Brady Corbet as Simon, a recent college graduate who heads to Paris after being dumped by his girlfriend. He eventually gets into a relationship with Victoria, a prostitute played by Mati Diop. Together they devise a blackmail scam that quickly goes awry. Campos' first film, Afterschool 66, was also a disturbing, intriguing, and stylish look at a young man in crisis. Check out his latest in limited release beginning April 5th.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes casts a few humans

James Franco is out; Jason Clarke is in. Rupert Wyatt is out; Matt Reeves is in. So what’s next for the Rise of the Planet of the Apes 68 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Deadline reports that Kodi Smit-McPhee will reunite with Reeves, his Let Me In director. His role is unknown at this time, but Coming Soon continues the good news for the sequel by revealing that Gary Oldman will join the cast as the leader of a human colony. Reports suggest that the script focuses on a group of San Francisco-based scientists trying to save humanity and resist the apes, while also following Andy Serkis’ Caesar as he tries to maintain order within the ape community. Look for it in theaters on May 23, 2014.

The Conjuring

James Wan, creator of the Saw series and director of 2011’s Insidious 52, helms this haunted house tale starring Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston as parents whose farmhouse isn’t safe for anyone. The story is based on the files of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played in the film by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Get freaked out by The Conjuring beginning June 19th.

My Amityville Horror

Continuing our true story haunted house theme is My Amityville Horror, a documentary about the infamous 1975 Amityville haunting of George and Kathy Lutz. For the first time, their son, Daniel, talks about what he experienced while living in the house where Ronald DeFeo, Jr. had shot and killed six members of his family. My Amityville Horror hits theaters in limited release on March 15th.

Meet the Peeples

Craig Robinson, familiar to watchers of the U.S. version of The Office and fans of Pineapple Express 64 and Hot Tub Time Machine 63, stars in this comedy about a regular guy who crashes his girlfriend’s family reunion in order to ask her father for her hand in marriage. Kerry Washington plays his girlfriend, Grace, and David Alan Grier is Grace’s federal judge father. Look for Peeples in theaters on May 10th.

The Potter kids book classic remakes

Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe have had successful post-Harry Potter careers. Watson recently starred in the well received The Perks of Being a Wallflower 67 and has Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring coming out this summer. Variety reports that she is now the favorite to play Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale. Cate Blanchett is already slated to play her evil stepmother. Meanwhile, the boy wizard himself, Daniel Radcliffe, might also jump into a literary classic: Frankenstein. THR reports that Fox and director Paul McGuigan (Push 36) want Radcliffe to play Igor in Chronicle 69 scribe Max Landis’ adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel.

Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more

  • Chris Cooper will play Norman Osborne in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. - Heat Vision
  • Paul Bettany is in talks to join Johnny Depp in cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, which has been given an April 25, 2014 release date. - Coming Soon
  • Originally expected to hit theaters next summer, The Hobbit: There and Back Again (the last in the trilogy) has been moved to a December 17, 2014 release date. - Deadline
  • Tin Fey will play Jason Bateman’s sister and reunite with her Date Night director, Shawn Levy, in his adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel This Is Where I Leave You. - Heat Vision
  • Joe Wright is attached to direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s upcoming fantasy novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane. - Deadline
  • Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo Dicaprio, will open on November 15th.
  • Bradley Cooper will star in and possibly direct a remake of the German hit Kokowääh, about a successful author who must re-evaluate his life after he learns he has a daughter. - Deadline
  • Annie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and directed by Will Gluck (Easy A), will come to theaters on December 25, 2014.
  • Sundance hit Toy’s House has been renamed The Kings of Summer and will be released on June 14th. - Variety
  • Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring will arrive in theaters on June 14th.
  • The Spectacular Now, starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley and directed by James Ponsoldt (Smashed), comes to theaters August 2nd.
  • Taylor Kitsch will star in the horror-thriller Exit 147 for director Julian Jarrold (Red Riding 1974). - Bloody Disgusting
  • Marion Cotillard will play a woman trying to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so she can keep her job in the Dardenne brothers’ next film, Two Days, One Night. - The Film Stage
  • James McAvoy is the latest to be linked to the reboot of The Crow. - Bloody Disgusting
  • Joel and Ethan Coen will rewrite the script of Laura Hillenbrand’s novel Unbroken, the WWII-set true story about Louis Zamperini that Angelina Jolie will direct. - THR
  • Kick-Ass 2 has been delayed a few months to August 16th.
  • Niels Arden Oplev (the Swedish-language The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is attached to direct the remake of Flatliners, the 1990 film about a group of medical students who subject themselves to near death experiences in order to explore the afterlife. - Bloody Disgusting
  • Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) will join Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) in director Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii. - Dark Horizons
  • Noomi Rapace says a script is being worked on for Prometheus 2. - The Playlist
  • The very busy Tom Hardy will play a SAS soldier who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder upon returning to civilian life in Samarkand. - Deadline
  • Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan) will direct Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills, the true story of Lisette Lee, who claimed to be an heiress to the Samsung fortune but was actually a drug trafficker. - Deadline
  • David Lynch will play Tim Roth’s father in Jennifer Lynch’s (his daughter’s) Fall From Grace, the story of a detective (Roth) on the trail of a serial killer. - THR
  • Jason Clarke revealed that he would be joining Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store, which also stars Chris Hemsworth. - MTV
  • Max Winkler (Ceremony) will direct Adam Driver (Girls) in the 18th century comedy The Coward. - Deadline
  • Tom Shadyac (Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty) could return to comedy filmmaking by directing the remake of the French hit The Intouchables. - Deadline
  • Steven Spielberg will head the jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 15-26. - THR

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